Debra Sloan: 5 Day Finial Sculpture Workshop
May
29
Jun 2

Debra Sloan: 5 Day Finial Sculpture Workshop

Make your own roof Finial in the tradition of the West Country

Clay sculpture course to create a guardian to sit on a roof tile

29th May to 2nd June 2017

£450

Maximum on course: 8

All welcome anyone with, or without ceramic skills

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Two Previews One Evening: 'Callum Trudgeon: An Apprenticeship’ & 'Clay in Practice: The Leach Studio'
Jun
16
6:00 pm18:00

Two Previews One Evening: 'Callum Trudgeon: An Apprenticeship’ & 'Clay in Practice: The Leach Studio'

The Leach Pottery proudly presents a solo exhibition of Callum Trudgeon, the Pottery’s first fully trained Leach-Seasalt apprentice. It will feature Callum’s own standard ware including his range of domestic mugs, bowls, teabowls and one-off decorative works.

Also opening the same evening: 'Clay in Practice: The Leach Studio'. An exhibition of new pots from members of our Studio Team. Inspired by the material of clay itself, this exhibition shows how some of our potters work with clay in their own time. Featuring pots by Laurence Eastwood, Matt Foster, Britta James, and Kat Wheeler.

You are warmly invited to attend the Preview on 16 June to share the opening with Callum and also enjoy some artisan Japanese quince liquor, made by Josh Quick of Wild St Ives, served in beakers made by Callum. Josh will also provide vegetarian sushi made with locally foraged food. In the Old Pottery, there will be the opportunity to have-a-go at throwing a pot on our historic kick wheels.

Exhibition listings: 'Callum Trudgeon: An Apprenticeship’ also 'Clay in Practice: The Leach Studio'

Jim Malone: Throwing Course
Sep
11
Sep 13

Jim Malone: Throwing Course

Designed for throwers who can throw a bowl and a basic cylinder and would like to get to the next level, revisit already familiar forms and develop them to a higher level.

Why is this jug fine but what makes this one sing?  The same thinking will be applied to finishing and decoration. 

Held in the original throwing room of the Leach Pottery, participants will enjoy the experience of working on Bernard Leach's historic kick wheels.

Maximum number of students: 5

Cost: £300 per person to include all materials

Level: Improvers

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Adrian Brough: Throwing Course
Nov
15
10:00 am10:00

Adrian Brough: Throwing Course

Stoneware Slipware

This is a throwing masterclass exploring form and more particularly surface, using slips, incising and other creative techniques. Held in the original throwing room of the Leach Pottery, participants in this session will enjoy the unique experience of working on Bernard Leach's historic kick wheels.

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Maximum number of students: 5

Cost: £100 per person to include all materials

Level: Intermediate/ advanced throwers


Glenn Lewis Slide Lecture
May
22
1:00 pm13:00

Glenn Lewis Slide Lecture

As part of a pop up show in the Old Workshop, Leach apprentice from the early 1960's, Glenn Lewis will be giving a slide lecture on 22nd May at 1pm in the library.

He will discuss his life and work in terms of a variety of different medium he has worked with: photography, performance, sculpture, ceramics - as well as memories and insights into his time as an apprentice at the pottery between 1961 – 63. 


Free event. 10 spaces available.
Please call the pottery if you would like to attend.

Easter Seconds Sale
Apr
15
Apr 16

Easter Seconds Sale

EASTER SECONDS SALE: 15,16 April, 10-4pm

Rare chance to pick up a bargain. Includes Leach Standard Ware, prototypes and individual Leach Potters work.

One Day Handbuilding Workshop with Tamsin Trevorrow
Apr
13
10:00 am10:00

One Day Handbuilding Workshop with Tamsin Trevorrow

Perfect for Beginners

Thursday April 13th. 10am-4pm.

Local Artist and Potter, Tamsyn Trevorrow is putting on a one day workshop for beginner pottery enthusiasts who want to have a go at producing beautiful hand made pottery. 

Work will be fired, glazed and returned at a later date.

Cost: £75 per person ( max. 10 people) Level: Any

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Hey Clay! Community Fun Day
Apr
8
10:00 am10:00

Hey Clay! Community Fun Day

Hey Clay! is a national celebration of clay giving everyone the chance to unleash their inner potter. Organised in association with Crafts Council and BBC Get Creative.

Come along to the Leach Pottery in St Ives and make a clay character in one of our free sessions to help make a whole community of clay people.

The characters will be put on display in our courtyard as part of the exhibition Clay: That Continuous Material

Pre-booking for workshops is essential 

Click HERE for more information

*Free entry to museum   *Create a clay character to add to our community of clay figures   *Get messy with our Giant Clay Etch-A-Sketch   *Free throwing demonstrations in the old pottery
 

Half Day Taster Session: Throwing
Mar
27
10:00 am10:00

Half Day Taster Session: Throwing

Half-day introductory taster courses throwing on the potter's wheel. These courses offer an introduction to throwing for beginners, covering: clay preparation, wedging, centering clay on the wheel and throwing basic cylinders. Tuition is with one of our professional potters.

  • Monday 27th March, 22nd May, 24th July, 4th September, 13th November 2017

  • Cost: £50 per person, including tuition, materials and tools
  • 10am – 12.30pm
  • Please bring your own apron
  • Firing is not included but you are welcome to take your pots and have them fired elsewhere

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Preview evening, Japanese Connections: Celebrating the Leach Pottery's Japanese Links
Mar
24
6:00 pm18:00

Preview evening, Japanese Connections: Celebrating the Leach Pottery's Japanese Links

The Leach Pottery invites you to a preview evening to celebrate the opening of two new exhibitions:

‘Clay: That Continuous Material’ looks at the story of clay from the pioneering early days of the Leach Pottery, which made its own clays, to clay’s relationship with Cornwall.

 ‘Japanese Connections’ – is a selling exhibition showcasing our Japanese links which thrive to this day.

To celebrate this double-opening, the Leach Pottery is excited to welcome Jon Keast, owner of Scarlet Wines, Lelant, who will be offering an informal tasting of a whisky from Japan, a plum sake and a Cornish gin – all served in our Leach Porcelain Sake cups. 
Jon will be at the Leach Pottery from 6.30-7.30pm to serve the drinks and chat about them. There will also be the opportunity to have-a-go at throwing a pot on one of the wooden kick wheels in the Old Pottery under the guidance of one of our production potters.

Linda Styles: The Essential Matter of Clay
Feb
28
Mar 28

Linda Styles: The Essential Matter of Clay

A series of three workshops run at two week intervals in which participants will enter into the spirit of experimentation and imagination through a series of practical clay workshops, demonstrations and discussions.

Dates and times: Tuesdays February 28, March 14, March 28 2017, 10.30am - 3pm

Maximum number of students: 8

Cost: £210 per person to include tuition, materials and firing

Level: Any

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Claydays Children's Workshops - 14th & 15th February
Feb
14
Feb 15

Claydays Children's Workshops - 14th & 15th February

Join us for family friendly creative sessions at the Leach Pottery, where your child can enjoy hands-on making activities during the school holidays.

Ages 6 - 12, £7 per child per workshop. Parents get messy for free! One hour sessions will run on Tuesdays and Wednesdays during school holidays at 10.30am and 2pm.

 

Plymouth In Practice Preview Evening
Jan
20
6:00 pm18:00

Plymouth In Practice Preview Evening

The Leach Pottery is excited to be hosting two new exhibitions by Plymouth College of Art, who will be showcasing the rich and creative ceramic practice exemplified by the College’s talented students, staff, and alumni.

Have A Go Thursdays
Dec
15
Dec 29

Have A Go Thursdays

‘Have A Go Thursdays’ is back throughout the Xmas holidays, 15th, 22nd, 29th December where we will be demonstrating and making Xmas tree decorations from a fine white air drying clay.  You will be able to use the tools and cutters to make your very own unique xmas decoration which you can take home and hang on your tree.

Fire it Up Exhibition Preview
Nov
4
6:00 pm18:00

Fire it Up Exhibition Preview

This year's theme for the Autumn workshop exhibition will be fire...Please join us on Friday 4th November for the opening of the workshop's 'Fire it Up' exhibition and a live firing of a sculpture in a specially constructed kiln that will be unveiled at 7.00pm

Demonstration and Talk by Clementina Van Der Walt
Oct
22
10:00 am10:00

Demonstration and Talk by Clementina Van Der Walt

South african ceramics - An Eclectic Narrative

Beginning with a presentation about her own work and that of other contemporary South african ceramacists, this workshop will focus on a demonstration of hand building and cutting away from solid blocks of clay to make both sculptural and functional figurines.

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Maximum number of attendees: 12

Cost: £12.50

Masterclass with Linda Styles
Sep
27
11:00 am11:00

Masterclass with Linda Styles

Substance and Surface - Lustre and on Glaze Decorative Techniques

Including an introductory talk, demonstration and hands on session, this in-depth Master Class explores various aspects of Linda's distinctive 'maximal' decorative process, including the overlaying of precious metals, on glaze colours and iridescent lustres to bisque and glaze fired terracotta tiles.

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Maximum number of students: 8

Cost: £80 per person

Level: Intermediate to advanced                                                

FREE Tour: every Wednesday & Friday 11am
Sep
22
Dec 22

FREE Tour: every Wednesday & Friday 11am

Every Wednesday and Friday there is a chance to have a guided tour of the old pottery (with museum admission). Hear from an expert what it was like to work at the Leach Pottery and have the chance to ask questions.

*Tours are run my our dedicated volunteers- please check in advance availability

*Tours are at no extra cost however there is a museum admission charge.

September Festival - Lunchtime Talks.
Sep
19
1:00 pm13:00

September Festival - Lunchtime Talks.

  • The Arts Club

Communicating Archaeology through Contemporary Ceramic Practice

Helen Marton

Helen Marton reinterprets archaeological finds through the combined use of hand making and digital technologies, offering a unique perspective on the cultural role of ancient domestic and ritual objects in a way that highlights human needs.

Tickets available through the festival website.

http://www.stivesseptemberfestival.co.uk

Jeff Oestreich & Pat Burns
Sep
19
Oct 14

Jeff Oestreich & Pat Burns

Jeff Oestreich and Pat Burns are working in the old pottery from the 19th September to the 14th October 2016.

Fantastic opportunity to meet them both and have a chat. They are both working within the museum, so a museum admission applies.

September Festival - Lunchtime Talks.
Sep
12
1:30 pm13:30

September Festival - Lunchtime Talks.

  • The Arts Club

Trevor Corser : Pots and Place

Simon Olding

Professor Simon Olding, Director of the Crafts Study Centre and Acting Chair of the Leach Pottery reviews Trevor Corser's independent ceramic work and assesses his creative place in studio pottery and his reworking of the canonical pots from the Leach Pottery, where he worked for 40 years.

Tickets available through the festival website.

http://www.stivesseptemberfestival.co.uk

Amanda Brier Exhibition Preview
Sep
9
6:00 pm18:00

Amanda Brier Exhibition Preview

Amanda has been working at the Leach Pottery since graduating with a degree in studio pottery in 2000. She joined Joanna Wason and Trevor Corser making pots to sell in the old pottery. The next five years were spent learning Leach making and decorating techniques, throwing on a kick wheel and firing a gas kiln.

Amanda uses porcelain, decorating by incising into the clay or painting with pigments but particularly enjoys fluting which is a technique using a sharp tool to cut vertical lines onto the pot surface. Her pots are beautifully elegant, finely crafted and are a lovely example of Leach inpspired workmanship.

Heritage Open Days
Sep
8
Sep 9

Heritage Open Days

As part of the country's largest heritage festival, there's plenty on at the pottery,  including:

  •   Free admission to all
  •   10.30am - 1pm Have - a - go handbuilding with clay
  •   11.00am - Tour of the old pottery
  •   Demonstrations by our potters working on the kick-wheels in the old pottery.
Aug
4
Aug 25

Have-a-go Thursdays

Free drop-in session (subject to entry to museum)

Come along to the Leach Pottery and pinch, coil, sculpt and get creative with clay. These hand-building sessions are for everyone - all ages and abilities. No firing included. Please note: there may be some waiting time if we are busy.

 

 

 

Clay Days: Summer 2016
Aug
2
Aug 31

Clay Days: Summer 2016

NEW DATES for Summer 2016

August 2nd,3rd,9th,10th,16th,17th,23rd,24th,30th and 31st.

Join us for family friendly creative sessions at the Leach Pottery, where your child can enjoy hands-on making activities during the school holidays.

Ages 6 - 12, £7 per child per workshop. Parents get messy for free! One hour sessions will run on Tuesdays and Wednesdays during school holidays at 10.30am and 2pm.

Children will make one item following the theme of the day which could be, for example, making a piggy bank or making and decorating a tile. After this there is a process of drying, firing and glazing which takes between 4-6 weeks. We offer postage for those who cannot collect their piece/s.

Postage to the UK will be charged at:

1 Piece £4.50. 2 Pieces £6.50. 3 Pieces £9.00. 4 Pieces £15.00.

Only 12 places on each workshop, so booking and pre-payment is required to secure your place.

Studio potters working in the old workshop
Jul
29
Sep 2

Studio potters working in the old workshop

Over the summer studio potters will be working on standard ware in the old pottery. They will be using the old leach pottery kick wheels. Whilst in the museum please stop and ask them questions if you have any. They are working hard but happy to chat!

Leach Master Class LINDA STYLES: Substance & Surface
Nov
3
10:00 am10:00

Leach Master Class LINDA STYLES: Substance & Surface

  • Clore Learning Studio, Leach Pottery

Join Linda Styles for an experimental (and intense) two day workshop, open to all who wish to explore and practice unusual hand building techniques and multi-surface application based on intuitive response and imagination as opposed to skill of the hand. 

This  Master class is held across two sessions: Tues 3  & Tues 17 November (Both 10 am – 3 pm)

The total cost including materials is £90 - to reserve your place BOOK HERE

Sep
21
1:00 pm13:00

Lunchtime Talk: A Potter of High Repute, David Leach 1911 – 2005

  • St Ives Arts Club

St Ives September Festival 2015

Lunchtime Talk: A Potter of High Repute, David Leach 1911 – 2005

St Ives Arts Club, Westcott's Quay, St Ives, TR26 2DY

Kathy Niblett
After training, David became a partner in The Leach Pottery working successfully to produce Standard Ware. In 1956 he moved to Devon and founded Lowerdown Pottery. Ceramics expert Kathy Niblett tells the story of the man who made both stoneware and porcelain in the oriental manner, in his own style. Tickets £5.50 - BOOK HERE

Sep
26
10:30 am10:30

Warren MacKenzie – An American Potter in St. Ives (Film)

  • Porthmeor Studio, Borlase Smart Room
Warren MacKenzie at the Leach Pottery, St Ives 2013

Warren MacKenzie at the Leach Pottery, St Ives 2013

Warren MacKenzie, celebrated American potter, was apprenticed to Bernard Leach from 1949-1952. This hour-long film captures his return to the Leach Pottery in September 2013 - the place which defined his philosophy as a potter. His vivid memories, deep affection for Bernard and above all, Warren’s honesty and humour shine through - a man who loves making pots.

Made by On the Beach Productions

 

 

 

 

£5.50. Tickets available online from www.stivesseptemberfestival.co.uk or from St Ives Visitor Information Centre, Street An Pol, TR26 2DS Tel: 0905 252 2250

 

Sep
23
1:00 pm13:00

Bernard Leach and the Studio Pottery Movement of British Columbia (Talk) by Alex Lambley

  • St Ives Arts Club

Thinking of his four Canadian apprentices, John Reeve, Glenn Lewis, Mick Henry and Ian Steele, Bernard Leach once said that he had ‘a hope of something in Canada.’ The Studio Pottery movement of British Columbia was the result. PhD researcher Alex Lambley presents new research on Leach’s philosophy and practice and its transnational reception in the 1960s and 70s.  

£5.50. Tickets available online from www.stivesseptemberfestival.co.uk or from St Ives Visitor Information Centre, Street An Pol, TR26 2DS Tel: 0905 252 2250

Britta Wengeler Kiln Opening
Sep
20
11:00 am11:00

Britta Wengeler Kiln Opening

  • The Leach Pottery Carpark

As part of the Cornwall Ceramics Trail 2014, Leach production potter Britta Wengeler will be holding a public kiln opening of her own work.  Come and buy Britta's pots direct from the kiln.